A radiant smile two braids, a handkerchief edged with pearls, a potion of poison.
Perhaps there is no legend more enchanting than the one of Tagliatelle to which people from Bologna proudly refer as the “Angel’s hair”.
Legend has it when Annibale Bentivoglio, the lord of Bologna in 1511-1512 and son of Giovanni II Bentivoglio, got married to Lucrezia D’Este in 1487, the personal cook of Giovanni, Francesco Zafirano, was asked to prepare a delicious meal in honor of the bride. He invented Tagliatelle as inspired by her beautiful blond hair.
We would love to step ahead of that time a little more and dig into deeper detail. Legend also has it that in 1503 Alfonso D’Este got married with Lucrezia Borgia who was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI and Vannozza dei Cattanei. Roughly speaking, she was a debating woman in Europe at that time: three marriages and lots of rumors. Her adventurous and mysterious life is the inspiration for various artworks, novels and films and she was even casted as a female fatale.
Nevertheless, this natural allurement is preferably remembered as the reflection of Tagliatelle. Heavy blond hair falling past her knees; a beautiful complexion; hazel eyes changing colour; a full, high bosom, and a natural grace making her appear to "walk on air”: nobody could ever take their eyes off her. Christopher Messiburgo was not the exception. He admired her charm so much and fell in love with her magnificent blond hair so affectionately that he invented the long strands of pasta – Tagliatelle – as a reminder of her gorgeous beauty.